Can Yola be used for sites with many pages, needing drops downs?

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Dear Yola team, littleus and other experts.

Could you please advise me how to approach the architecture and navigation menus for a site that has lots of pages with individual bios on it, that need to be organized and presented alphabetically and also by sector/category?

Specifically: this is a leadership site. We want to post the bios, photos (and in some cases videos) of many different leaders, in an easy to find way (alphabetically arranged first.) We also want to organize them by areas of practice (arts, sciences, business, etc.) Both approaches need to work together and present in a simple, attractive, straightforward way. What would that look like using Yola?

We have lots of content already developed, but we cannot begin the site until we figure out the best template to use and customize, and the fundamental design and navigation architecture. Can Yola be used effectively for something like this? Is Yola a viable choice for sites with many pages under multiple categories like this? Is there an existing example out there? Or someone who can help?

Thanks!
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Hi KB

There are a lot of creative people in this forum who have built custom navigation for their sites. They have large sites with many pages. I am sure they will chime in with some great suggestions.

We are working on a menu widget that is going to make building subpage navigation a whole lot easier. In the meantime, I am going to point you to the simplest solution. It involves using the text widget and the link editor to build your own navigation.

Here is a link to a tutorial that explains how this is done: http://www.yola.com/tutorials/creatin...

The other guys will have more advanced suggestions that involve custom code. I will let them share and you can decide which solution is best for you.
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Hi KB

Ultimately the navigational system of your site is entirely up to you and look you are wanting to achieve. There is such a wide range of menus that you can use. You can have horizontal menus, vertical menus or both! You want your navigational system to be easy to use and understand. I think in your case, since you've indicated that you've a number of pages, it would be best to incorporate a menu that allows for hidden sub-menus.

As a rule of thumb for creating nav menus with drop-downs or hidden sub-menus, you want to go from the broad to the specific. You need to look at your content and see if there are some pages that can be grouped together under a main category. For example, on the Yola Code site, in the side-navigation menu, there is 5 main categories - Navigation Menus, slideshows, scrolling marquees, etc... Then, under each main category, there are sub-categories.

You had mentioned the accordion menu script. This may meet your needs very well as it accommodates a lot of information but has the ability to hide that information until the user clicks on the main title. Another useful one is the pop-it menu which also accomplishes the same concept but is presented in a different way.

There are many menu scripts available - the Yola Code is not even scratching the surface! If you have examples of the menus you'd like to create, please do post and I will try my best to see if I can help you re-create that look.

I'm not sure if I really helped or only caused more confusion! =P Please do feel free to ask further clarification.
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My 2 cents - i have almost 300 pages on my site - I use a basic 6 page main navigation system and then the rest of the pages are linked throughout the site -

See my business page - which links to over 250 pages - http://hexham.info/business

If your looking for drop downs Littleus has that covered at http://yolacodes.yolasite.com

Lee.
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I think that is about where I will end up for total pages when I am finished...I do think internal linking helps us with SEO also along with text menus or a menu created using html vs image tied to a link.
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Ahem Duke.. do you mean 5 page main nav system? I only count 5 unless I'm counting it up wrong. =)
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UK Duke, Champion

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well spotted - i could have sworn there was 6 :)

Im going to bed - tired screen eyes are playing tricks on me :)

Lee.